This year each student was assigned a specific food, and many brought in an extra treat like a selection box. The students decorated the boxes with wrapping paper and distributed the food evenly between each. They had great fun organising the boxes. The students got to experience what it is like to help the less fortunate at this important time of year.

Two Drogheda Grammar School students took part in this year's BT Young Scientist Competition in January at the RDS, Dublin. The Transition Year students, and their project involved an investigation into the effects of a substance called Bisphenol A on plant growth. Bisphenol A is used in the manufacture of certain plastic materials, and it's potential side effects in humans has become topical in recent years. The students are planning to continue their investigation, and they hope to compete in the Young Scientist competition again next year. They are currently working on a presentation for the UNESCO Young Environmentalists Awards."

Weihnachten came to Drogheda Grammar School during Christmas week. First and Second Year German students baked Lebkuchen (ginger cookies) and even constructed a Hexenhaus (a gingerbread house) when they learned about Christmas traditions in German-Speaking Countries. The cookies were made according to a traditional German recipe and helped students get into the “Weihnachtsstimmung” – festive mood.

Au mois de janvier, les élèves de français étaient très contents, comme chaque année, d'accueillir à l'école le troupe théâtrale "French Theatre for Schools." Cette année la pièce pour les Juniors était Le Porte-Bonheur et la pièce pour les Seniors était Le Secret Noir. Ces spectacles étaient tout en français, et quelques élèves courageux ont joué avec les acteurs français. Les spectacles étaient pleins d'action, de musique et d'humour, et tout le monde s'est très bien amusé. Un grand merci, FTFS!

On Friday 16th December, all 1st year students went to Armagh Planetarium. The Planetarium is a multifaceted organisation dedicated to astronomy education for all levels, from nursery through to retirement age. It is the Planetarium's unique ability to adapt to changing audience needs that have enabled it to stay at the forefront of science education since its formation. The new Junior Cert Science course has a new section called, Earth & Space, the staff at the planetarium were able to help our students understand some of the topics they have covered in class. Here are some thoughts from one student; It was so much fun! When we got there we went into the digital theatre. This is a large room with a big dome roof. The guide spoke to us and talked about constellations while they were projected onto the dome ceiling. At the end we went on a big virtual rollercoaster! After the theatre, we went on a tour around the planetarium, and looked at models of rockets, and a giant model of the International Space Station. We then looked at some rocks from asteroids and the moon. Then it came to the best part… We got to build our own rockets out of coke bottles and cardboard. Then we went outside and launched them with a cannon… mine didn’t go very far, but some went about 20 metres! Then we had lunch and after that we went home. It was such a good day!

Every year our Transition Year students visit Gartan Education & Training Centre in Co. Donegal. The trip usually takes place in September and consists of a variety of adventure sports with the fun and camaraderie of team building activities. Here the Transition Year participate in new, challenging and fun activities. Students conquer their fears and stretch their physical and mental abilities. Friendships are forged in the icy waters of Gartan Lake. It’s a fun and exhausting four days but it is four days no one ever forgets.

This years Christmas carol celebration took place on the 15th of December in the Drogheda Presbyterian Church. The evening was a wonderful success, with a variety of performances and festive readings. Memorable moments included a guest performance from Toccata School of Music of O Holy Night and popular Christmas carols with the congregation and the DGS school choir.

Transition Year students together with their Maths teacher Ms H Shevlin represented Drogheda Grammar School in the John Hooper Medal for Statistics competition 2016. The hard-working students received an order of merit from the judges in the competition. The girls received this for entering a poster entitled 'Sugar - the Sweet but Silent Killer'. Thousands of students in Ireland registered for this competition but only 10 posters are picked each year to receive an order of merit. The girls worked very hard on this Statistics poster for many weeks gathering data, analysing the data, displaying it on graphs and finally putting it all together to create a colourful and beautifully presented poster. Well done girls!

This Year's Annual Prize Day was held on May 13th in the Bevan Lamb Hall. Prizes were awarded to students across various disciplines including, Diligence, individual subject prizes and attendance awards. Students were also awarded for their commitment and effort on the sports field in hockey, rugby, basketball and soccer. There were a number of special awards in creative writing, literacy, music, art and computer coding. As is tradition two Junior Students were awarded the Ken Allen Memorial Plate and The Grattan Shield for their contribution to the extra-curricular and social life of the school. This year, we saw two senior female students and one male student awarded the Walker Shield for their sustained effort throughout their school career. A new award, The John Owens Shield was introduced this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of past student John Owens and like it's namesake the winner of this award embraced numerous extra-curricular activities during her school career. The final award of the ceremony - The Drogheda Grammar School Board of Management Student of the Year Award was awarded to a sixth year student who has achieved a balance between academic, social and extra-curricular life during his six year career at the school. This student displayed empathy and understanding towards others and had respect for themselves, their peers and the school staff. We would like to thank Mr. Fergus Sheil, our guest speaker for his kind words and assistance on the day. The ceremony concluded with a reception of strawberries and cream in the fine May sunshine.

Drogheda Grammar School embarked on an optimistic endeavour Tuesday when they entered teams in all three categories of the Inter-Schools All-Ireland Chess Finals in Dublin. The School was represented in the Champions Section, The Junior Section and the Ladies Category, in the finals which took place in the Green Isle Hotel. The Junior team took the tournament by storm with an unbeaten run early on which ensured that victory over second-placed Sligo Grammar School was almost certain by the end of the fourth round. In the Champions Category the Drogheda Grammar School A-Team faced fierce competition from Royal School (Cavan), Royal and Prior Comprehensive School (Donegal) and the Drogheda Grammar School B-Team. This contest ended in a tie for first place between Drogheda Grammar School and Royal and Prior Comprehensive while the Drogheda Grammar School B-Team managed to attain third place. A play off between Drogheda Grammar School and Royal and Prior Comprehensive followed, from which the Grammar School managed to take first place. The Grammar School Ladies Team won first place in the Ladies section with Ria Smyth being awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the Ladies Section. First Years Bartosz Walkowiak and Krystian Kilarski managed to have an unbeaten run on the day, before being informed that only one could take the title as ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the Junior Category. Bartosz Walkowiak lifted the trophy after facing a very tough challenge.